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Oman Highlights

Break Available: Late Sept - Early April (Core Oct-Jan)
9 Night Break

Price Per Person: From £3,695 (incl Flights)

Oman is one of the most beautiful and culturally interesting of the Arabian states.

The beauty of this holiday is the variety and contrast of your experiences and the fact that Oman has not really been discovered yet by the mass tourist so you get to enjoy it by yourself.

You will take a very different pace to your normal lives and see some starkly beautiful places with dramatic landscapes, as well as the exciting wildlife of dolphins and green turtles.

On this journey with your own private guide and vehicle you will see dramatic canyons and gorges, stroll through ancient mountain villages with spectacular irrigation systems, scramble up rolling sand dunes, explore majestic forts, bargain for frankincense in exotic souqs, swim in an oasis surrounded by barren dusty mountains,  and relax in charming fishing villages. We invite you to come and be charmed by this wonderful country.

 

 

Highlights

  • Private guided tour of the Desert sand dunes of Wahiba
  • Stay in dramatic Mountains with sea fossils 2400m high!
  • See the Green Turtles laying eggs on the beach
  • Visit with your private guide spectacular wadis, majestic forts, 400 yr old mud houses
  • Swim in Bimah Sinkhole
  • Visit with your private guide the famed Nizwa Cattle Market
  • Private tour of Magical Muscat including one of the Souqs
  • Dolphin spotting boat trip
  • Visit with your private guide the coastal town of Sur and its Dhow boatyards
  • Spectacular Mountain track crossing visiting a bee keeper
  • Visit a Bedouin family
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DAY 1:
Fly to Muscat. Private transfer to your hotel

DAY 1:
Fly to Muscat. Private transfer to your hotel

On arrival a meet and greet service will meet you to help avoid the lengthy queues at immigration followed by a private transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Muscat.

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DAY 2:
Private Tour Muscat visiting the Grand Mosque, Souqs, Al Aalam Palace

DAY 2:
Private Tour Muscat visiting the Grand Mosque, Souqs, Al Aalam Palace

Start your Oman holiday with a private half day tour of Muscat visiting the Grand Mosque and Ministries area.

In the old Muscat area you will stop to walk around the outside of the magnificent Al Aalam Palace, as well as visit the enchanting Souqs filled with exotic smells of spices, ancient remedies, perfumes and coffees. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Muscat.

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Day 3
Dolphin Spotting boat trip

Day 3
Dolphin Spotting boat trip

A transfer will take you from the hotel to the shared dolphin spotting boat.

The boat follows the tuna fishing boats, around which the dolphins are often found. About 21 species of Whales and Dolphins have been identified, including the Blue Whale which is seldom seen anywhere else in the world. Private transfer back to the hotel.

Rest of day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities. Overnight in Muscat

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DAY 4
Coastal Escapade visiting the Bimah Sinkhole, Wadi Tiwi and Shaab, Qalhat ruins, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

DAY 4
Coastal Escapade visiting the Bimah Sinkhole, Wadi Tiwi and Shaab, Qalhat ruins, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

Today you will embark on a thrilling private drive from Muscat to Sur with the Arabian Sea on one side and rocky cliffs on the other. You will stop at Bimah Sinkhole a spectacular limestone crater, where we would recommend you have a swim.

This morning you will visit picturesque Wadis surrounded by lush plantations, and stop for a picnic lunch at Wadi Tiwi, and a photo stop overlooking the stunning Wadi Shaab.

In Qalhat visit the ruins of the tomb of the Holy Lady standing high up on the cliff top.

Finally tonight you will arrive at Ras Al Jinz, one of the largest nesting areas for Green Turtles in the Indian Ocean. An average of 30,000 nest on the beach here. The Turtle Reserve opens at night to give you the chance to see one of them.

The best time for seeing the Turtles is June to September though you can see them year round and even out of season on average 1 will visit a night, though of course we cannot guarantee them. Overnight in Ras Al Jinz Reserve.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Extra night at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Extra night at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

You may wish to spend another night at Ras Al Jinz to increase your chances of seeing the Turtles.

You have access to the beach in the morning, and there is a very good Turtle Museum in the hotel we would recommend you visit in the afternoon. (You are not allowed on the beach in the afternoon). There would be down-time with little to do except relax in the room.

Price Per Person: From £195 (Assuming no change in international flights)

Coast of Oman
Turtles, Oman
Raz al Jinz Hotel, Oman

DAY 5
Turtle Reserve at Sunrise, Private Tour to visit Sur and Transfer to Wahiba Sands

DAY 5
Turtle Reserve at Sunrise, Private Tour to visit Sur and Transfer to Wahiba Sands

Ras Al Hadd near Ras al Jinz is where the first sunrise in the whole of the Arabian peninsula is seen. You will have the opportunity to see if the turtle babies dig their way out of the sands at Sunrise.

Later in the morning you will visit Sur where you will stop at the traditional boatyard, where beautiful Dhows are built.

Continue to Wahiba Sands arriving at Deserts Nights Resort around lunchtime. The Wahiba Sands are almost 200kms in length and 100kms wide. The dunes rise 100 m above in different shades of colour and shifting sands. This is authentic desert!

A short 25 mins 4 WD Dune Bashing drive over the dunes is a thrilling introduction to the Sand Dunes.

Late afternoon you will be taken up to the top of a sand dune by 4WD to enjoy the spectacular sunset over the Sand Dunes. Grab a drink and wander off to enjoy the silence, peace and beauty on your own.

Overnight at Deserts Nights Resort

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Day 6
Bedouin house visit, Visit Wadi Bani Khalid

Day 6
Bedouin house visit, Visit Wadi Bani Khalid

Early in the morning explore the dunes on foot by yourselves before leaving for a visit to a Bedouin House where you can learn first hand about how the Bedouins are transiting between nomadic and settled people.

Later you will be taken in a 4WD to the Oasis of the picturesque and dramatic Wadi Bani Khalid where you can have a refreshing swim.

Return in the afternoon to the desert to enjoy the peace and solitude. The tents are air conditioned and are a wonderful place to relax.

Sunset on the Dunes and overnight at Deserts Nights Resort

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Sunrise Camel Safari at Desert Nights Camp
  • Lunch at Bedouin House
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Sunrise Camel Safari at Desert Nights Camp

Start the day with a Camel Safari as the early morning shadows add richness to the colour of the dunes, and before the heat of the day develops. Your journey will last @ 1 1/2 hr and you will voyage right up into the sand dunes to a viewpoint overlooking miles and miles of dersert. A truly remarkable way to experience the peace and silence of the desert. This is also possible at Sunset.

Price per person: From £125

Sunrise Camel riding in the Wahiba Desert in Oman
At the desert dunes of Wahiba Sands, Oman
Camel riding in the Wahiba Desert in Oman

Lunch at Bedouin House

For those looking to spend a bit more time understanding the modern way of the Bedouin you can have a meal with a Bedouin family during your desert tour. This will be in a traditional house in the desert and lunch will be a simple meal such as salad, bread, rice, curry, fish, chicken followed by coffee and dates.

Price per person: From £25

Arabic traditional hospitality . Bedouin people

Day 7
Jabreen Castle, Visit Al Hamra, Visit Al Hoota Cave

Day 7
Jabreen Castle, Visit Al Hamra, Visit Al Hoota Cave

This morning you will leave the desert to visit the Majestic Fort of Jabreen Castle, perhaps the finest of all Omani castles with fine carvings, frescoes and inscriptions.

Afterwards explore the village of Al Hamra, at the foot of the mountains, where 400 years old mud houses are still standing & occupied.

Visit the Al Hoota Cave. This is estimated to be over 2 million years old. The total length of the cave is around 4.5 Km, of which 500 m is open for tourists. The cave contains a rich ecosystem with 4 lakes, one of which contains the rare blind fish.

Overnight in Nizwa

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Day 8
Nizwa Cattle Market, Nizwa Fort, Village walk in Misfat & Birkat Al Mauz

Day 8
Nizwa Cattle Market, Nizwa Fort, Village walk in Misfat & Birkat Al Mauz

This morning visit the famous Nizwa cattle market where people from many villages bring their live stock to sell. (This is only possible on a Friday) You will also see the 17th Century fort built on solid rock designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons, and the Souq renowned for its intricate silver jewellery.

Afterwards explore the little village of Misfat. Here you can see in action the famed Falaj irrigation channels used to irrigate the villagers crops . This is a wonderful shaded and peaceful walk through the Wadi and to be highly recommended. At Birkat Al Mauz at the foot of the mountains you can also explore the many dates and banana plantations.

You will take the winding road to Jebel al Akhdar (2000m), the jewel of the Al Hajar mountain ranges. Enjoy the cool climate up in the mountains and see Jebel al Akhdar which is famed for fruit orchards laid out in terraces along the mountain slopes and irrigated by falaj, traditional water systems.

Overnight at Alila Jabal Akhdar  Hotel.

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DAY 9
Mountain Walk

DAY 9
Mountain Walk

This morning you have a range of walks to choose from depending on how active you feel. There is a 3 hr easy level 1/2 walk just by the resort where you can self explore an abandoned village and marvel at the village life lived not that long ago.

However it is possible to upgrade to explore further afield or much more strenuous and active hikes lasting all day, or just relax at the stunning hotel with it’s wonderful views if preferred.

The various trails will take you past abandoned villages, garden terraces and beautiful villages with the backdrop of a spectacular vista of peaks, gorges and wadis. On the way you will see sea bed coral fossils (Yes 2,000 m high!)

We would particularly recommend the Village Walk (See Optional Extras below as you need a transfer and a guide)

Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the pool. The hotel has a very powerful telescope and if the nights are clear we would recommend you take a look at Saturn and Jupiter. Overnight at Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • The Village Walk
  • Starlight Private Dining
  • A place of "sitting" with an incredible view and picnic lunch
  • Omani Shuwa Experience
  • Spice Trail & Cooking Journey
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A la Carte Optional Extras

The Village Walk

Take a half hour transfer to the stunning Village Walk.

You will visit the agricultural area in Jabal Akhdar around the traditional villages with the terraces which are home to rose bushes, pomegranate plantations, olive trees as well as the famed intricate and fascinating water system called Falaj.

Price per person: From £70

 

Fossils in hte mountains in Oman
In the moutains in Oman
Jabal Akhdar Mountain view in Oman

Starlight Private Dining

Allow us to create an intimate private dining experience for two beneath the stars on our sunset deck. A wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion and savour the moment together. Delicious food, a sensuous experience and champagne with a view!

Price per person: From £235

Starlight Private Dining at Alila Jabal Akhdar in the mountains in Oman

A place of "sitting" with an incredible view and picnic lunch

Inspired by the traditional Omani outdoor majlis, (a place of sitting), the Jabal Barzah is set up in the mountains just for you so you can sit and soak in the panoramic views of the wadi and enjoy the cool breeze. Enjoy the chefs  take on classical Arabian hospitality with local dates and Kahwa and a picnic lunch.

This combines nicely with other activities, such as after a morning hike.

Price per person: From £180

Jabal Barzah in the mountains in Oman

Omani Shuwa Experience

Get your hands dirty and smoky as you learn this traditional way of cooking meat, usually reserved for special occasions. You will learn about the making of traditional Shuwa which is a meat flavoured with spices, wrapped in leaves and roasted in a stone oven in the ground. Afterwards you will enjoy the fruits of your labour. Please note this lasts 6 hours!

Price per person: From £135

Spice Trail & Cooking Journey

Embark on a culinary adventure descending to the Nizwa Souk to experience a traditional Omani vegetable, fruit and meat market and buying your ingredients. Back at the hotel you will learn how to cook your own Omani dish with the hotel’s Arabic Chef which of course you would then eat afterwards. Please note this lasts about 6 hours as you go to Nizwa to the market as well.

Price per person: From £125

DAY 10
Mountain Crossing, Bee Keeping visit, Kargreen Restaurant dinner, Fly Home

DAY 10
Mountain Crossing, Bee Keeping visit, Kargreen Restaurant dinner, Fly Home

In your private 4 WD you will take a breath-taking journey on a narrow mountain track with steep sides and stunning vistas, past mountain villages and terraced farming to visit a Bee Keeper where the honey bee is kept in hollowed out trunks of date palms. (Lack of rainfall is negatively affecting the bee numbers so this visit is dependent on the weather at the time)

Stop in Muscat for a farewell dinner at Kargreen Restaurant . Kargeen’ is the old Omani word for ‘little wooden cottage’, and this open air restaurant adds an old-world touch to the modern-day eating experience. (Dinner not included)

Private transfer to the airport for the flight home after your Oman break.

If this is too long a break then we have the Oman Express break which may work better for you.

For those of you thinking of taking children you may find the list our young daughter wrote of the things she did and loved in Oman and called them the Oman Must Do’s.

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Desert Nights Resort - Wahiba Sands

Desert Nights camp, Oman
Desert Nights camp, Oman
Desert Nights camp, Oman
Desert Nights camp, Oman

Desert Nights Resort - Wahiba Sands

Built in 1990 this unique upscale Desert camp comprises of Bedouin-Style tents, each fully air-conditioned with ensuite bathrooms.

Set between two magnificent dunes there are 30 tents in total. Each of the tents have their own lounge & outdoor sitting area to enjoy the wonderful panormanic views across the Golden Sands.

Dinner is provided in the main restaurant.

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Alila Jabal Akhdar

Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel
Alila Jabal Akhdar - Infinity Pool - Oman
Bedroom at Jabal Villa, Hotel Alila Jabal Akhdar
Alila Jabal Akhdar - in Oman- New Spa Arbour

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Perched 2,000 metres above sea level in the Al Hajar Mountains, Alila Jabal Akhdar is a haven for adventure travellers, nature lovers and those seeking a retreat from the desert heat.

This new stunning 5 star boutique hotel is located on the edge of a spectacular canyon surrounded by soaring mountains. You can enjoy dramatic Mountain and Gorge views from the infinity pool, or relax with a view during Spa treatments.

The views from the restaurant are inspiring and Arabic specialities and Mediterranean dishes are both served.

The hotel has been designed to blend in and relaxing russet tones and carpet rugs soften the spacious rooms. The Mountain-view rooms also have a balcony with a pool and stunning mountain views.

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Ras Al Jinz Scientific and Visitors Centre - Turtle Reserve

Raz al Jinz Hotel, Oman
Raz al Jinz Hotel, Oman
Luxery Eco-tents
Raz al Jinz Hotel, Oman

Ras Al Jinz Scientific and Visitors Centre - Turtle Reserve

Ras al Jinz is a unique peace haven where you can relax revelling in tranquility. There is a choice of comfortable rooms or deluxe ensuite tents which are located at the heart of the reserve just a few minutes away from the beach.

However you are staying here for the access to the turtles, rather than for the accommodation being unique as it is quite simple, but the experience of the turtles is quite exceptional.

The beach is open till 1.30 when it is closed so as not to scare the Turtles away. There is an interactive Turtle museum on site as well.

The restaurant offers a mixture of Oriental and international cuisine with a heavy emphasis on seafood.

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Shangri-la Al Bandar Hotel - Muscat

Al Bandar Hotel, Oman
Al Bandar Hotel, Oman
Al Bandar Hotel, Oman
Al Bandar Hotel, Oman

Shangri-la Al Bandar Hotel - Muscat

Al Bandar is one of the three hotels at Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Sultanate of Oman. The Deluxe Rooms offer expansive space with a modern, Arabian-inspired décor that expresses the spirit of Oman in a contemporary setting.

The name Al Bandar translates as "The Town", a name reflected in the architecture of the hotel. Inspired by old Muscat, featuring buildings of varying heights and a variety of ornate balconies, Al Bandar is an inspiration.
Al Bandar Hotel is the resort's focal point, featuring seven food and beverage outlets.

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Golden Tulip - Nizwa

Golden Tulip hotel, Oman
Golden Tulip hotel, Oman
Golden Tulip hotel, Oman
Golden Tulip hotel, Oman

Golden Tulip - Nizwa

Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel is an oasis of peace and tranquility set against the magnificent Hajar mountains, just a short drive from Nizwa with its majestic fort and bustling souks.

The hotels are built in traditional Omani-style architecture and furnished with care offering all the comforts and amenities of a luxury hotel. All 120 Guest rooms have individual controlled air conditioning.

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Optional Extras
Extra night at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
Coast of Oman

You may wish to spend another night at Ras Al Jinz to increase your chances of seeing the Turtles.

You have access to the beach in the morning, and there is a very good Turtle Museum in the hotel we would recommend you visit in the afternoon. (You are not allowed on the beach in the afternoon). There would be down-time with little to do except relax in the room.

Price Per Person: From £195 (Assuming no change in international flights)

Sunrise Camel Safari at Desert Nights Camp
Sunrise Camel riding in the Wahiba Desert in Oman

Start the day with a Camel Safari as the early morning shadows add richness to the colour of the dunes, and before the heat of the day develops. Your journey will last @ 1 1/2 hr and you will voyage right up into the sand dunes to a viewpoint overlooking miles and miles of dersert. A truly remarkable way to experience the peace and silence of the desert. This is also possible at Sunset.

Price per person: From £125

Lunch at Bedouin House
Arabic traditional hospitality . Bedouin people

For those looking to spend a bit more time understanding the modern way of the Bedouin you can have a meal with a Bedouin family during your desert tour. This will be in a traditional house in the desert and lunch will be a simple meal such as salad, bread, rice, curry, fish, chicken followed by coffee and dates.

Price per person: From £25

The Village Walk
Fossils in hte mountains in Oman

Take a half hour transfer to the stunning Village Walk.

You will visit the agricultural area in Jabal Akhdar around the traditional villages with the terraces which are home to rose bushes, pomegranate plantations, olive trees as well as the famed intricate and fascinating water system called Falaj.

Price per person: From £70

 

Starlight Private Dining
Starlight Private Dining at Alila Jabal Akhdar in the mountains in Oman

Allow us to create an intimate private dining experience for two beneath the stars on our sunset deck. A wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion and savour the moment together. Delicious food, a sensuous experience and champagne with a view!

Price per person: From £235

A place of "sitting" with an incredible view and picnic lunch
Jabal Barzah in the mountains in Oman

Inspired by the traditional Omani outdoor majlis, (a place of sitting), the Jabal Barzah is set up in the mountains just for you so you can sit and soak in the panoramic views of the wadi and enjoy the cool breeze. Enjoy the chefs  take on classical Arabian hospitality with local dates and Kahwa and a picnic lunch.

This combines nicely with other activities, such as after a morning hike.

Price per person: From £180

Omani Shuwa Experience

Get your hands dirty and smoky as you learn this traditional way of cooking meat, usually reserved for special occasions. You will learn about the making of traditional Shuwa which is a meat flavoured with spices, wrapped in leaves and roasted in a stone oven in the ground. Afterwards you will enjoy the fruits of your labour. Please note this lasts 6 hours!

Price per person: From £135

Spice Trail & Cooking Journey

Embark on a culinary adventure descending to the Nizwa Souk to experience a traditional Omani vegetable, fruit and meat market and buying your ingredients. Back at the hotel you will learn how to cook your own Omani dish with the hotel’s Arabic Chef which of course you would then eat afterwards. Please note this lasts about 6 hours as you go to Nizwa to the market as well.

Price per person: From £125

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Price Per Person: From £3,695 (incl Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights from the UK with one hold bag per person
  • 9 nights accomodation with breakfast (Ras Al Jinz Reserve, Desert Nights Resort, ShangriLa Al Bandar, Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel)
  • Private Transfers
  • Private Tour Muscat
  • Dolphin Spotting Boat Trip (Shared)
  • 1 Kagreen Dinner and 2 Dinners at Desert Nights Resort
  • Guided Walk
  • Bee Keeping Private Visit
  • Nizwa, Misfat and Birkat private guided visit
  • Al Hamra and Jabreen private guided visit
  • Private Tour of Sur and various Wadis and Qalhat ruins

Departure Airport

  • Heathrow

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights

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"This was one of my best holidays ever! There was SO much to see ! How special to see at sunset Turtle eggs being laid and at sunrise baby turtles hatching?! We stayed in proper desert in a wonderful luxurious camp, walked in gorgeous canyons & amazing mountains, saw hundreds of dolphins, and explored forts. I really loved Oman, and the guide was very attentive, and everyone so friendly. A great holiday "

Mark arranged this holiday for my 50th birthday and it was absolutely fantastic!! It has given us some fabulous memories so thank you so much for your professionalism, local knowledge and attention to detail. Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved.

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